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Senate President says Mental Health Emergency Line to Launch Next Week

July 7th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The mental health version of 911 is set to launch in Maryland next week with hopes it will be a game changer for suicide prevention and other emergencies. The new national three-digit number — 988 — is meant to connect people in mental health crises with those who are specially trained to respond to such situations.  In 2020, bipartisan legislation in Congress mandated the launch of the 988 emergency number but left financial support up to the states.  During the 2022 Maryland General Assembly, state legislators approved funding for the program. Senate President Bill Ferguson said given the mental health issues created for many by way of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is even more important to implement…